MBB: Mavs close out regular season at NMSU
March 8, 2013
UT Arlington (17-11, 11-6) at New Mexico State (20-10, 13-4)
LAS CRUCES, New Mexico - UT Arlington completes its lone Western Athletic Conference regular season Saturday night at New Mexico State. The Mavericks are 17-11 overall and 11-6 in the league, while the Aggies check in at 20-10 and 13-4.
UT Arlington had its six-game WAC winning streak snapped in Thursday's 84-55 loss at Denver. New Mexico State is coming off a 78-60 home win over WAC leader Louisiana Tech.
New Mexico State leads the all-time series with UTA 10-2. The Mavericks have won the last two meetings, including 68-47 earlier this season. UT Arlington opened up the conference season with the 21-point win over the Aggies on Dec. 29 at College Park Center. Kevin Butler ignited several runs in the first half, as the Mavericks opened up a 13-point lead (37-24) at the break. Butler scored a team-high 18, grabbed six rebounds and made two steals. Drew Charles scored a career-high 12.
Both the Mavericks and Aggies have clinched first-round byes in next week's WAC Tournament. UT Arlington will be the fourth seed and New Mexico State is third.
UTA is one of the nation's stingiest defensive units. The Mavs came into the week fourth in the country and first in the WAC in defensive field-goal percentage. UTA has held 18 of 28 opponents to less than 40-percent shooting.
The Mavericks have won 21 of their last 28 road or neutral site games. That includes an 18-7 record in true road games. UTA is 10-4 on the road this season. School record for road wins is 11 set in 1980-81. The Mavs started 3-0 on the road for the first time in the program's history.
The radio broadcast is on 730 AM in the DFW Metroplex with Doug Anderson on the call.